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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Wakayama prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Earthenware with lead-silicate glazes
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 7.1 × 5.6 cm (2 13/16 × 2 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Raku Tannyu (1795-1854)
  • Description

    Tea caddy (chaire), cylindrical; hand modeled. Walrus tusk cover.
    Clay: soft, gray. Raku ware.
    Glaze: brilliant, iridescent, yellowish-olive over yellow; splash of gray-blue.
    Decoration: incised lines.
    Mark. Seinei [Jpn] (seal script, within circular enclosure)
  • Marks

    Mark. Seinei [Jpn] (seal script, within circular enclosure)
  • Provenance

    To 1901
    Japanese Trading Company, New York to 1901 [1]
    From 1901 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Japanese Trading Company in 1901 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 976, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Garden Potteries and Official Kilns: Clan-Sponsored Ceramics in the Edo Period (January 16, 1986 to November 3, 1986)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Japanese Trading Company (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Wakayama prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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